Browsing the archives for the Girls’ Dresses category

Book Review – Sewing for your girls (Sewing Recipe in English)


3 years ago I bought this book while holidaying in Japan, called Sewing Recipe for Girls, by one of my favourite author/pattern designer Yoshiko Tsukiori 月居良子. There is also an adult version of this book called Sewing Recipe. The books are designed to function not merely as pattern books, but also serves as reference books as […]

Girly Style Wardrobe – Now in English


Yay! Another book by Yoshiko Tsukiori has been translated to English by Laurence King. This time it’s for the girls. We’ve seen many of her adult sewing books being translated to English, but Yoshiko Tsukiori has authored many books for girls as well. I was so excited to hear that this was translated to English […]

Book Review – Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls – Now in English!

Very Very excited to discover that one of my favourite Japanese pattern designer for girls dresses, Yuki Araki (荒木由紀), now has one of her books translated into English! I have reviewed some of her Japanese sewing books in the past like this one Fashionable clothes for Girls and Lovely Girls’ Dresses for girls up to […]

Book Review – FU-KO basics

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Have you been waiting for me to review this book since you saw me post its arrival on Instagram? Ever since I started blogging about monthly new releases, I have been increasingly drawn to shopping directly from (I’m not an affiliate to by the way, in case you were wondering) But I use […]

Translation Request – for Janene

This is a translation request for a pocket dress, requested by Janene, from a book that I almost forgot I had! おしゃまな女の子のお洋服 ISBN : 978-4529047678 Pocket Dress on Page 12 1. Fold over the top edge of the central panel fabric, sew a casing and insert elastic band. 2, Make side pockets on side panel fabrics, sew […]

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Sew Along Day 3

Today we are going to tackle the side zipper opening of the dress. This took me a few experiments to figure it out. I am not even sure if this is the correct way to do it but it works! So here goes…. What we did yesterday… 1. Cut out fabric. 2. Preparation work – […]

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Sew Along Day 2

Ok so I did discover a mistake myself while preparing the sewing video. I left out the zip in the list of materials! So here the is the list of materials again, with the zip lengths included. Materials (in order of sizes 98 / 110 / 122 / 134) 1. Outer Fabric (based on 90cm wide fabric […]

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Free Pattern and Sew Along


Welcome to the first sew-along of the new year! The first sew-along will not be from my Japanese sewing books collection, but a long overdue project that I’ve been meaning to do for my other blog Cotton Candy. The Girls’ Qi Pao (pronounced ch’i-p’ao), also known as the Cheongsam or the Chinese Dress. I made […]

Book Review – Neat and Lovely Girls’ Dresses 100-160cm


I made a last ditch effort to dig around the archives for this book review, I was so sure that I had reviewed it, partly because I remember being really excited about its release and I bought it as soon as it was available (that was some time in May or June). But I could […]

Book Review – Straight Line Sewing Kids Clothes

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Another book great for the Summer season. Straightline sewing books seems to be the flavor of the season in Japanese Sewing Books! On this trip I spotted at least 6 or 7 such books on display in the bookstores. I had to control my book purchases so I just went for those that I really […]